The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The third trip back to Narnia for Edmund, Lucy, now in their mid-teens, and their young cousin Eustace. This time around they find themselves dangerously entering the magical world through a painting of the Dawn Treader out at sea. Captain Caspian (Barnes) explains that Narnia is threatened by forces from the mysterious Dark Island, and that seven lost swords representing the Lords of Telmar must be found again to break an evil spell. New director Apted successfully disguises a slightly incoherent storyline with a skilled eye for the mystical landscape and terrific 3D special effects. Loads of swashbuckling adventure, but skimps on character here and there.
First of all, I liked the first two Narnia films, but I always found it hard not to look at the series and immediately shout, "Harry Potter rip-off!" After all, both film series are based on books (seven of them, oddly enough), both are about children caught up in mystical ...Read More
Entertaining but Not Great criddic2 at 2010-12-22 22:06:35
The first film was, I believe, a near-masterpiece. It was a sweeping epic taken from a beloved book (the Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe). Number two in the series, Prince Caspian, was a bit disappointing as it took away some of the more soaring aspects. And this third outing, though an improvement on the previous film, is entertaining without being very impressive.